New Poems

by Charles G.D. Roberts


 

THE HOUR OF MOST DESIRE


 

IT is not in the day
That I desire you most,
Turning to seek your smile
For solace or for joy.

Nor is it in the dark,

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When I toss restlessly,
Groping to find your face,
Half waking, half in dream.

It is not while I work,—
When, to endear success,

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Or rob defeat of pain,
I weary for your hands.

Nor while from work I rest,
And rest is all unrest
For lack of your dear voice,

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Your laughter, and your lips.

But every hour it is
That I desire you most,—
Need you in all my life
And every breath I breathe.

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